COVID-19 Let's face it, we're living through a difficult time.
Since COVID-19 moved into our lives - it's been a challenge even for those of us fortunate enough to have safe shelter in place, family around us, and friends to lean on if things got bad.
Each day we're improvising new routines. We've set up our home offices. We're figuring out how to homeschool. And hopefully, we've found new ways to create fun moments behind the walls of our revised world.
This is also a time to remember the vulnerable people in our community. The frail elderly seniors who don't have local family or friends. The homeless or vicariously-housed. And those who are struggling with the impact of social isolation. Like a handful of other Lake Country- based community service agencies, LCHPS is working to create support right here at home - right where you need them the most.
I'm sure you're thinking of the impact of the pandemic on these residents - people you may have passed before on the streets or in the grocery or pharmacy aisles.
Today – on Tuesday, May 5 – LCHPS is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19 around the world.
When the Covid-19 lockdown hit our community, LCHPS staff modified its services. In just two days, the Lake Country Care-Mongering program was launched - connecting vulnerable community members in-need with willing local volunteers. If you're in a place to give right now, we're inviting you to partner with us today - to support Lake Country residents in need.
During the COVID19 health crisis, we have been challenged to be the best that we can – generous, thoughtful and selfless.
Lake Country Residents are the best!
With the new program in place, we put out the ask for volunteers. We were overwhelmed with offers to help! Because of the outstanding response - 85 elder-seniors or immunocompromised adults have been connected to local people who help them stay at home, keep safe - by grocery shopping and reaching out through friendly phone calls. Our Outreach services have continued and are expanding to meet residents struggling with isolation, homelessness, or substance use.
For those of you facing financial challenges of your own, please know we want to connect you to services that can help. Please reach out to the Lake Country Health Resouce Centre - firstname.lastname@example.org 778 215 5247 or email@example.com 778 215 2105. Please know - we don't expect you to give. But perhaps you'd be willing to help us spread the word about the availability of our services?
Let's face it, we're living through a difficult time.
During the COVID19 health crisis, we have been challenged to be the best that we can – generous, thoughtful and selfless. Lake Country residents, you were called to reach out and build social solidarity. And instead of retreating, you have shown great courage and a tremendous willingness to offer help and support where it is needed most. Well done, Lake Country!
If you are able, partner with the LCHPS team as we endeavour to support our most vulnerable residents - please use the LCHPS online donation portal through CanadaHelps. If you would like to learn more about Lake Country Health Planning Society's health, wellness and social work in your community - visit us at lchps.com or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.
Thank you for supporting our work!
The LCHPS team,
Madison, Stefanie, Tiffany & Corinne